Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A harsh, unilaterally imposed settlement with a defeated party.
  • n. An authoritative or dogmatic statement or decree.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a harsh penalty or settlement imposed upon a defeated party by the victor
  • n. a dogmatic decree

Etymologies

German, from Latin dictātum, from neuter past participle of dictāre, to dictate; see dictate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German Diktat, from Latin dictātum, supine of dictō ("dictate") (Wiktionary)

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